November 4 – November 10, 2019

SwRI To Plan Pluto Orbiter Mission

Natural color image of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Alex Parker

November 4, 2019 – NASA has funded Southwest Research Institute to study the important attributes, feasibility and cost of a possible future Pluto orbiter mission. This study will develop the spacecraft and payload design requirements and make preliminary cost and risk assessments for new technologies. Read More

Dr. Dave Kaufman Named Chief Operating Officer, Ball Aerospace

November 4, 2019 – Dr. Dave Kaufman has been named chief operating officer of Ball Aerospace, effective January 1, 2020. Kaufman joined Ball Aerospace in 2000 as Senior Program and Capture Manager, National Security Space. Since 2013, he has served as vice president and general manager of the National Defense Strategic Business Unit, where he has made a significant impact. Read More

Southwest Research Institute, Commercial Spaceflight Federation Announce Suborbital Space Researchers, Educators Conference

The Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference will be held March 2-4, 2020, in Broomfield, Colorado. Image Credit: SwRI/CSF

November 4, 2019 – As a new generation of space vehicles prepares the groundwork for space research and education, the 2020 Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) will bring together hundreds of suborbital researchers, educators, flight providers, spaceports and government officials in Broomfield, Colorado, March 2-4, 2020. Read More

More News

Antares Launches Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft On First CRS-2 Mission
Source: SpaceNews

SpaceX Trumpets Progress On Commercial Crew Parachute Testing
Source: SpaceNews

11/6 – Cybersecurity For Space Panel
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Space Station Receives Spacewalking Gear, New Baking Oven
Source: Spaceflight Now

Universities Space Research Association Names Ghassem Asrar Senior VP Of Science
Source: USRA

Boeing Starliner Successfully Completes Pad Abort Test
Source: Boeing

Air Force Selects Lunar Resources And Rhea Space Activity For Next Generation USAF Space Capabilities
Source: Rhea Space Activity

Voyager 2 Illuminates Boundary Of Interstellar Space
Source: NASA/JPL

Scientific American: GPS Is Doing More Than You Thought
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

WFIRST Will Add Pieces To The Dark Matter Puzzle
Source: NASA

Mold In Space: NASA Grant To Study Space Station Fungus
Source: University of Colorado Boulder

Ready To Be Sent To Space? Commercial Space Ports Are — And It Could Happen Sooner Than You Think
Source: ABC News5 Cleveland